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Three Pianos is a theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert's Winterreise song cycle by three major artists of the indie theater community - composer Dave Malloy of Banana Bag & Bodice, playwright/director Alec Duffy of Hoi Polloi and composer/playwright Rick Burkhardt of the Nonsense Company. The piece takes the form of a musical lecture/demo gone astray, with the three creators each at their own piano, leading the audience through their respective passions for Schubert's famous song cycle on winter heartbreak. Compositional mischief, shifting rivalries, whimsical dances and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue. Ultimately, the three separate understandings of Schubert's mastery and impact collide, and what starts as a reasoned exploration of the music ends in mayhem. Filled with fantastical touches and inventive orchestrations of Schubert's music, Three Pianos is a colorful and imaginative piece of chaos that brings these three talents together onstage for the first time.

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